Adoption FAQsANSWERS TO YOUR MOST ASKED QUESTIONS
In an effort to make the adoption process as seamless as possible, we’re answering your most frequently asked questions.
Where is your shelter?
Bounce Animal Rescue is unique in that we do not have a physical facility rather we are 100% foster-based. This means all of our animals live within people’s homes throughout the state of Colorado. We are very fortunate to have this type of system as this allows animals to live in a home environment and start on basic training and home etiquette. It also allows us to better match up animals with adopters as we get to learn the specifics of their personalities.
Because we do not have a shelter, we host weekly Saturday adoption events from 10am-1pm at Pet Supplies Plus (Front Range Village, 2912 Council Tree Ave #100, Fort Collins, 80525) in which our adoptable animals come together.
We do offer midweek private adoption appointments for approved applicants pending staff, foster home, and vetting schedules. If interested in viewing multiple animals at one time, we encourage you to attend our adoption events!
Where do your animals come from?
Annually, we rescue over 1,000 displaced animals from high-kill shelters across the country, owner relinquishments, puppy mills, and hoarding cases.
What are your adoption fees? Where can they be found?
Our animals’ adoption fees can be found by clicking on their individualized adoption listings. Our adoption fees includes up-to-date vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm and 4dx testing (for dogs 6+ months), feline leukemia testing (for cats), and microchip! Since we are a non-profit organization, these fees are tax-deductible.
What vetting is provided by the rescue?
Our animals come with up-to-date vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm and 4dx testing (for dogs 6+ months), feline leukemia testing (for cats), and microchip!
Bounce Animal Rescue takes on a multitude of cases that many organizations or shelters cannot. Because of this, many of our animals may come with extensive vetting needs, such as dentals, heartworm treatments, mass removals, orthopedic surgeries, etc. All medical information is discussed with the adopter prior to adoption and all medical records are released to the adopter at the time of adoption.
How do you know the breeds?
Bounce takes our best-educated guess of breeds based off of physical and behavioral characteristics. Because we take in quite a few nursing and pregnant animals, we sometimes know the mother’s breed(s) but the father’s breed is usually a mystery!
I am in love and ready to adopt. What is the process?
The first step to adoption is completing an adoption application on our website. Pending approval, your application is valid for 1 year and you will be eligible to request a hold on an individual animal for the Saturday adoption event. The hold does not require that you take the animal home but ensures you get to meet and make an adoption decision prior to other applicants. Also pending approval, you will be able to acquire foster home contact information, so you can inquire about the personalities of specific animals.
We do offer midweek private adoption appointments for approved applicants pending staff, foster home, and vetting schedules. Because we are 100% foster-based, private adoption appointments are only offered for individual animals. If interested in viewing multiple animals at one time, we encourage you to attend our adoption events!
Do you adopt out-of-state?
We adopt to residents within Colorado and its direct surrounding border states. We do not ship our animals and all adoptions must be done in person.
Do you have a minimum age for adopters?
Our minimum adoption age is 21. We can still consider applicants under the age of 21 for adoption, however, we need a parent or legal guardian to co-sign on the adoption application and adoption paperwork. If an applicant under 21 is still interested in adopting with us, please have the parent/legal guardian submit an application. When completing the application, please have the parent/legal guardian indicate that they are co-signing, and have them answer questions with individualized information.
What does your trial period entail?
Our rescue includes a one-week trial period with the adoption of all of our animals. This allows you to take the animal home to ensure it is the perfect fit for you, your family, and lifestyle. If it does not work out, we accept the animal back into rescue and refund half the adoption fee.
How long does it take for an application to be reviewed?
It takes approximately 1-2 business days for an application to be processed. If an application is submitted past 5pm on Monday-Thursday, it will begin review the following day. If submitted on Friday-Sunday, it will begin review on Monday. Please note, we do not have the ability to process adoption applications at our adoption events, so please plan accordingly.
What is a hold?
Upon adoption application approval, you will be eligible to request a hold on an individual animal for the Saturday adoption event. The hold does not require that you take the animal home, but ensures you get to meet and make an adoption decision prior to other applicants. Also pending approval, you will be able to acquire foster home contact information, so you may inquire on personalities of specific animals.
My application has been approved, how do I request a hold on an individual animal?
Please let us know (via email or text) if you’re interested in setting a hold on an individual animal. Please be aware, that the animal you are interested in may already be on hold. Feel free to include any additional adoptable animals you are interested in. We will email or text back with a hold confirmation.
Is a fenced yard required in order to adopt? What if I live in an apartment complex?
You are not required to have a fenced yard to adopt with Bounce and we welcome apartment dwellers. Please note that some of our animals may require a fenced yard for their specific energy levels, but this is noted within their adoption listing. Some of our animals may require a home (vs shared walls) due to vocal tendencies, but this will also be discussed with any interested adopters.
Can I adopt two puppies at once?
Unfortunately, we do not permit double adoptions of our puppies. We often see “littermate syndrome” develop with raising sibling puppies or puppies of similar ages. Anecdotal evidence suggests that behavioral issues may arise during key development periods because the two puppies’ bond impedes their ability to absorb and grasp the communication between human and dog. Common behaviors tend to develop, such as fearfulness of unfamiliar people, dogs, or other stimuli, intense anxiety when separated, difficulty learning basic obedience skills, and sometimes fighting amongst each other incessantly. We always welcome puppy adopters to get a second (or third, fourth) friend when their current puppy is at least 6 months of age.